Did you know Lawrence is filled with hidden treasure? If you want to go find some, it’s time to plan a geocaching adventure.
This outdoor recreational activity involves using GPS to track down containers, hundreds of which are placed all across Lawrence, hidden at specific locations.
All you need is your phone, the free Geocaching app, and a pen. Each cache is ranked from 1 (easy) to 5 (difficult) on how difficult it is to find. Inside the cache, you’ll find a log where each discoverer can write their name. Sometimes there’s room for people to take and leave trinkets.
But geocaching isn’t just a hobby; it’s a community. And it’s full of people who are passionate about exploring. In this Lawrence Times TV episode, you’ll meet Mike Randall, a Lawrence resident and expert geocacher. He shares his tips on how people can get started with geocaching and get involved in local meet-ups.
Every few weeks, Lawrence geocachers will organize Cache In, Trash Out (CITO) events, where area residents can get together, search for caches, and clean up litter along the way.
Randall invites the community to upcoming CITO events from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 28 at Langston Hughes Elementary School, and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5 at Prairie Park Nature Center, and for a general meet-up on an island in the middle of Clinton Lake on Saturday, July 15.
But you don’t have to attend an event to get started. Geocaches are hidden all around us now, just waiting to be found. Visit geocaching.com/play to download the app and get started.
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Jordan Winter (she/her), a contributor to The Lawrence Times, is a 2019 KU grad with degrees in journalism and political science.